Summer

Introducing: The Florence

As a recently transplanted Chicagoan, I discovered (much to my dismay) that Tennessee springs are hot and humid. There was a week of pleasant weather – think sunny and mid 60s – before it started pushing 80 degrees. In April. My work wardrobe was in desperate need of flexibility and a dash of fun, so I DIYed myself an army of cotton skirts. Some are in kitchy prints, others are in vibrant solids. All of them are comfortable and give me a range of options during the work week and beyond.

Without further ado, I introduce to you…
Image

Floral FlorenceThe Florence is simply a full skirt with an elastic waistband. Topped off with pockets, this retro-style skirt has a tendency to prompt sartorial imagination and inspire the occasional urge to twirl about. It sits at the natural waist and falls to an inch or two above my knees. So far, I’ve made three skirts in this style and I love them all.

This particular Florence (named for current girl crush, songstress Florence Welch) is a bold floral cotton in my go-to spring/summer hues of blue and green. I wear it often with a chambray button down and ballet flats, or sandals and a simple t-shirt for more casual days. Today, I’ve chosen to pair it with an emerald sleeveless blouse and sandy-toned leather accessories.Floral Florence Styled1. Emerald sleeveless blouse (Joe Fresh, $24)
2. Tan & metallic ankle strap sandals (BC Footwear, $50)
3. Gold leather belt (J. Crew)
4. Tan leather shoulder bag (Coach, vintage)

I will be putting together a DIY tutorial for the Florence sometime this week, so stay tuned! In the meantime, go forth and be fashionable.

Advertisements

Summer Navy

I generally stay away from bright clothing, but I do love the pop of red and gold against a crisp navy. Classic color combinations with a dose of vintage charm = perfect for July.Image

1. Constellation wall art

2. Luggage tag printables

3. Red and cream grosgrain ribbon (Etsy, $26)

4. Navy skater shirtdress (Boden, $90)

5. Marc by Marc Jacobs Fall 2013 close-up